Daughters Of Darkness - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by bluekaren

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Daughters of Darkness has a few Bright Spots

This compilation is done by edited by someone who loves Vampire stories, weather they are erotic or not seems not to matter. Some of the stories were exceptional, while others put me to sleep. There are a few gems in here worth mentioning.
Longer Stories, Much Variety in writing styles, A few VERY good stories
Some of the stories took too long to climax, Some of the writing is very dry
Rating by reviewer:
useful review
This book is a collection of Lesbian Vampires stories editied by Pam Keesey. Pam starts out in her introduction by telling the reader how she came to fall in love with Lesbian Vampires. There are 10 stories in all written by various authors. The book is 248 pages and includes a Filmography and a Bibliography at the end.
Dracula Retold Zana
I, Vampire Jody Scott
Carmilla J. Sheridan LeFanu
Daughter of the Night Elaine Bergstrom
Louisiana: 1850 Jewelle Gomez
Lilith Robbie Sommers
Virago Karen Marie Christa Minns
The Vampire Pat Califia
O Captain, My Captian Katherine V. Forrest
Minimax Anna Livia

The first few stories I found very dry and I almost had to force myself to finish reading. There was a sexy lesbian vampire in there somewhere, but the language lost me. Admittedly, some of these are period pieces set in a different time. None of these stories is set in the same time or carry the same types of myths for Vampires. These Vampires are really unique, not just because they are lesbians either....they are all from such a different environment. Some of the stories took me so far away from reality I forgot it was a Lesbian Vampire themed book.

I don't want to go into too much detail about all the stories. Some of these really stuck with me, they left me wondering about the characters long after the story was done. The writing is smaller than most paperbacks I have read, so even 10 pages feels like a novel.

The story Carmilla had me thinking about the old school Vampire stories I have read so many times. When the truth of the girl is revealed it is so familiar to mythical Dracula. This story is classic. The language is true to the era and gets a bit confusing sometimes, at least for me it did.

The story Virago felt like a myth the whole time as I was reading it. How did they get to be in the amazon and how did this woman appear? I stopped caring about it and I let the story take me. The ending has a bit of a twist that left room for more.

Vampire was so well written about BDSM I totally forgot "Vampire" and got swept into the scene. This isn't a story so much as it is about one night. The night the Dom Vampire meets her match. I liked this "day-in-the-life-of" aspect.

Finally, O Captain, My Captain which is still so fresh in my mind. This story doesn't even take place on this planet. It seemed as if the author was trying to not let me love the Vampire by keeping it cool, in the end I swooned anyway. This way by far my favorite tale.
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  • Cherry21
    nice review!
  • bluekaren
    Thanks, it took me a while to get into this book. The last few stories were really delicious!
  • subwayrailings
    thanks for the detailed summaries
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